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Pierce 100 emblem

The special 100th anniversary commemorative logo affixed to trucks that Pierce made in 2013.

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. is an American fire apparatus manufacturer headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin. It was acquired by Oshkosh Corporation in 1996 and is a wholly owned subsidiary thereof. Today, Pierce is one of the largest apparatus builders in the US, having delivered nearly 40,000 trucks across the country, and the entire world.

History[]

The company was originally founded in 1913 by Humphrey Pierce and his son Dudley as the Pierce Auto Body Works Inc., and concentrated on building custom truck bodies for the Ford Model T. From the 1960s to the early 1980s, Pierce was primarily known for building custom bodies on commercial and other manufacturer's custom chassis, and was considered an OEM.

Although the Arrow name was used for their first custom chassis which debuted in 1979 (built for the Miami Department of Fire-Rescue), the company has no affiliation with George N. Pierce's famous Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company of Buffalo, New York, which operated from 1901 to 1938. However, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company coincidentally supplied 8- and 12-cylinder engines to Seagrave for use in their fire apparatus. These engines continued to be made even after Pierce-Arrow ceased operation in 1938. Seagrave continued to deliver fire apparatus with the "Pierce-Arrow" V-12 until 1970.

Throughout the years, Pierce has had partnerships with various other manufacturers, notably when it came to aerial devices (they now engineer and build all their own aerial devices in-house). Such aerial manufacturers included Snorkel, Pitman, Aerial Innovations (AI), Ladder Towers Incorporated (LTI), Smeal, Bronto Skylift and NovaQuintech (whose assets Pierce/Oshkosh acquired in 1997). In addition to the main facility in Appleton and refurb facility in Weyauwega, Wisconsin, they also have a facility in Bradenton, Florida.

On September 16, 2021; Pierce Manufacturing announced that it had "completed the purchase of an ownership interest" in Boise Mobile Equipment.[1] A year later, in 2022, Pierce's parent company Oshkosh announced they had completed the acquisition of Canadian fire apparatus manufacturer Maxi-Metal (whom Pierce had a working partnership with for several years prior, being one of the few third-party builders that Pierce supplied chassis to). [2]

As of March 2023, Pierce removed the Quantum and the Arrow XT from all official websites (excluding drawings and previous orders), as well as many dealer websites, indicating that the product line was discontinued.

Milestones[]

2022 - Pierce built their 3000th PUC pumper:

2014 - Fairfax County Fire and Rescue put their 100th Pierce into service:

  • SN# 27613-03 was a 2014 Pierce Velocity pumper (1500/750/40F).

2013 - Pierce celebrates their 100th year in business.

2008 - The first PUC quint was built for the Strasburg Fire Company (Pennsylvania):

  • SN# 20230 was a Pierce Arrow XT PUC aerial.

2007 - Pierce built three prototypes for the new Velocity cab/chassis. They were later sold;

1995 - Pierce builds their first Quantum truck:

1988 - Pierce celebrates their 75th year in business.

1993 - Pierce builds their 5000th custom chassis:

1979 - Pierce builds their first custom cab:

Production[]

Pierce Manufacturing Inc. builds pumpers, tankers, aerials, and rescues using their own custom chassis and commercial chassis.

Innovations[]

Custom chassis[]

At present, Pierce denotes all their cab models with a 4-digit numerical suffix. The first two digits identify the length of the cab, measured from the center of the front axle to the rear cab wall. The last two digits identify the height of the roof. Dimensions are measured in inches ("). For example, an Arrow XT 6710 cab measures 67" in length with a 10" raised roof. Flat roof cabs are denoted with a "00" in place of the roof height and aerials may have a notched version of the shortest roof height configuration available, per each cab.

Current custom chassis[]

Discontinued custom chassis[]

Between 1987 and 1993, Pierce supplied custom chassis to Superior Emergency Vehicles, including the Arrow, Dash, and Lance.

Commercial chassis[]

Pierce made a wide variety of apparatus using commercial chassis. Not all were given names.

Current commercial chassis[]

Discontinued commercial chassis[]

Aerials[]

  • Payload capacities are denoted by firefighter weight + equipment allowance.

See also: Ascendant Class of Aerials[]

Ladders[]

75' Heavy-Duty Aluminum 75' Heavy-Duty Steel 100' Heavy-Duty Aluminum 100' Heavy-Duty Steel 100' Heavy-Duty Low Profile Steel 105' Heavy-Duty Steel
Production 2004-present 1992-present 2006-present ????-present 2022-present 1992-present
Custom Chassis Enforcer
Impel
Velocity
Enforcer
Impel
Velocity
Enforcer
Velocity
Enforcer
Velocity
Enforcer
Velocity
Enforcer
Impel
Velocity
Aerial Extension Capacity 75' vertical
67'-9" horizontal
75' vertical
69' horizontal
100' vertical
91'-7" horizontal
100' vertical
94'-1" horizontal
100' vertical
93' horizontal
105' vertical
100' horizontal
Operating Range -8° to 76° -5° to 75° -8° to 76° -8° to 75° -8° to 78° -8° to 75°
Payload Capacity 750+100 lbs. dry
500+100 lbs. wet
500+100 lbs. dry or wet 750+100 lbs. dry
500+100 lbs. wet
750+100 lbs. dry
500+100 lbs. wet
750+100 lbs. dry
500+100 lbs. wet
750+100 lbs. dry
500+100 lbs. wet
Water Flow Capacity 1500 US GPM 1000 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1000 US GPM 1500 US GPM 1000 US GPM
Stabilizers 1 pair of H-style outriggers
(16' jack spread)
1 pair of H-style outriggers
(16' jack spread)
2 pairs of H-style outriggers
(12' jack spread)
2 pairs of H-style outriggers
(12' jack spread)
1 pair of H-style outriggers + 1 pair of downriggers
(Up to 16' jack spread)
2 pairs of H-style outriggers
(Up to 16' jack spread)
Body Styles Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Tank Capacity Up to 500 US gallons Up to 500 US gallons Up to 750 US gallons Up to 750 US gallons Up to 750 US gallons Up to 750 US gallons
PUC Config. Available Available Available Available Available Available

Platforms[]

100' Heavy Duty Aluminum 100' Heavy Duty Steel
Production 2009-present 1991-present
Custom Chassis Enforcer
Velocity
Enforcer
Velocity
Aerial Extension Capacity 100' vertical
92' horizontal
100' vertical
93' horizontal
Operating Range -11.5° to 76° -5° to 75°
Payload Capacity 1000 lbs. dry
500 lbs. wet
1000 lbs. dry
500 lbs. wet
Water Flow Capacity 2000 US GPM 3000 US GPM
Stabilizers 2 pairs of H-style outriggers (16'-6" jack spread) 2 pairs of H-style outriggers (18' jack spread)
Body Styles Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Quint
Truck (no pump/no tank)
Tank Capacity Up to 500 US gallons Up to 500 US gallons
PUC Available Available

Other aerial devices[]

Sky-Boom[]

The Sky-Boom is an aerial water tower available in a 55' or 61' reach (16.76 m or 18.59 m),and delivers an unrestricted 500 lb (226.8 kg) dry tip load rating and a 250 lb (113.4 kg) tip load while flowing 1,000 gpm (3,785 lpm) of water.

Snozzle HRET[]

The Snozzle HRET (High Reach Extendable Turret) is an elevated waterway with a piercing nozzle, high flow discharge (up to 250 gpm), and 360-degree rotation. It is available in a 50' and 65' model.

Discontinued aerial products[]

  • 85' heavy-duty platform (1998-2019)
  • 95' mid-mount platform (2000-2018)
  • 100' SkyArm platform (1998-2012)
  • 116' Bronto Skylift platform (2011-2014)
  • 100' medium-duty tiller (19??-2017)
  • 100' heavy-duty tiller (19??-2017)
  • 100' medium-duty ladder (?-2019)
  • 100' mid-mount ladder (?-2019)
  • 45' Aerial-Ett rear-mount bucket
  • 35' Aerial-Ett rear-mount ladder

Pumpers[]

  • pumper
  • rescue pumper
  • heavy-duty rescue pumper

Rescues[]

  • Encore walk-around
  • walk-around
  • walk-in
  • combination
  • command

Tankers[]

  • pumper tanker
  • BXT tanker
  • FXT tanker
  • DX tanker
  • dry-side tanker
  • wet-side tanker
  • elliptical tanker

External Links[]

Sources[]

References[]

Facility Maps[]

Appleton Facility[]

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Bradenton Facility[]

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Weyauwega Facility[]

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